I've barely left the house in the past six weeks but I couldn't miss Anna Maria Island's 1st Annual Chalk Art Festival. I mean come on, two of my favorite things in the world- chalk art and Anna Maria Island. How could I miss that? Saturday was cold and windy so we waited until Sunday which was much warmer though cloudy and misty. It didn't rain, thank ya jezzuz, but the heavy clouds hanging over the island occasionally spit on us.
Anyway, there was a great turnout which meant we had to park several blocks away. We lucked out and found a small space where we could squeeze in our little Tracker. One of the things I love about our Tracker is it's so small we can park in spaces most people can't.
On our walk to the chalk art area we passed Ginny's & Jane E's cafe where this tricked out bike was parked.
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Many of the artists where still working on their art. I'm sure they didn't get a lot done on Saturday due to the cold windy weather.
As we walked back to our car we got to see this gorgeous mermaid finished. It was stunning!
Look at the amazing detail in this one...
And this was one of my favorites! There were quite a few sea turtles which ROM and I laughed about because I've been obsessed with painting sea turtles the past few weeks. The art Muses must be sending out sea turtle vibes...
The festival organizers had the great idea of placing blackboards throughout the exhibit area that encouraged spectators to be participants.
Mermaids appeared numerous times . This one was exquisite!
We saw quite a few people with their dogs. Though dogs aren't allowed on any of the island beaches, it's nice to see our four legged buddies are welcome in other areas of the island.
This one reminded me of the last season of RHONY when the girls went on their island get away and they frolicked with the pirate guy.
My photos of this beautiful work don't do it justice. It really stood out.
I loved the detail in this one. The eyes were amazing.
This artist actually encouraged kids to stand on his work. I'm sure their parents got a great photo of the kids "riding" the shark.
I had intended to buy one of the event catalogs so I would have the names of the artists to include with my photos, but I completely forgot. Damn!
There were several musical groups performing...
This guy was a bit perturbed and bitching about the volume of the music the kids down the street were rocking. I bet he's one of those people who yells at kids "Get outta my yard!" and keeps their ball.
I have to admit they were loud- LOL
I think everyone who attended would agree that the 1st Annual Anna Maria Island Chalk Art Festival was a huge success. The art was amazing and they drew in a nice sized crowd. I hope it doesn't get too big in the years to come as large crowds are often a problem for this beautiful little island during tourist and snowbird season. We don't attend many events on the island during the winter months because of the crowds. We patiently wait for the long hot summer months when the snowbirds have gone home and the island belongs to the locals once again...